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ihe ihoík connected account of the recent robbery of a train near Sedalia, Mo., is furnished by J. B. Bushnell, lito express messenger ivho pccompanied tho train : "The first intimation I had of the matter, I was standing in the car door way whaii the train stopped suddeniy. Somo fellow on the bank hallooed, ' Shoot the son oí a gun,' and blazed away at me. The bullet lodged in the side of the door. Then two or three more shots wcre fired, and I jumped back. "The brakeman was standing in tho door of the smoking-car. He says, ' I have got a revolver. Do yon want one?' I told him I did, and he gave me tho revolver. I took out the safe key and gave it to him, and told him to go to the roar of the train, as I didn't want to givo up the safe key unless foroed to do so. I started to go back in tho baggage-car, and had just got on the platform, when they commenoed shooting again, and said, ' Get oii', you son of a ,' and I stepped insido the door of the smokiiigcar. Five men jumped into tho baggagecar, and told the baggageman to givo up the key, thinking he was the express messenger. He told thora he was not the messenger, but they, not placing any confidence in his statement, went through him, of course without fmding the key. They wanted to know whcre the messenger was, and told the baggageman if he didn't teil them. damned quick, they'd teach him a lesson he wouldn't sooa forget. He told them I was back in the rear end of the train, upon which they told liini he must find me or they'd triil' him. They then took hold of him and marched him back to the rear end of the train, where I was standing. One of them spoke to me, and said, ' You're the man I want. Come forward and unlock that safe without any nonsense ! ' I told him I hadn't the key. He said, ' you want to find it damned quick or l'll kill you!' Throe of them then marched me through the coach into the sleeper where the brakeman was, and made him give up the key. Next they marched me into the baggage-car, and, pointing their pistols at my head, demanded I shöuld unlock the safe, which, under the pressnre, I did. Then they took the money out of the United States safe and put it in a sack. Then they wanted me to go through the other safe. I assured them I had no key for that, as it wíís a through safe. Ono man üiiiii went mto the engino cab, procured a coal piek and came back with it. They flrst pounded away at the liinges, but fmding thoy would not give way, broke open one of the panels, a singlo thickness of iron. Wllen -throngh, they wanted to know if that was all I had. I told them it was. They looked through the packing truuks, but found nothing they cared for. Tliey broke the lock off the train-boy's chest, helped themselves to apples and such things, and ofi' with taking . all the eigars he had. "One, the ring-leader, wanted to know where they kept the water. Bome one pointed out the water-cooler, and he incpiirëd if it was good. If they had put aiiythingin H lately. They said, ' no !' He said he'd rather have somebody try it flrst, and, pointing to Conkling, said : ' Here, you e - of a b - , take a drink of that, I don't propose to run any chances n any of this water business.' Af ter the sarty had drank some one suggested, 'Better go through the passengers,' but ihe leader was against it, saying, ' We have been an hour hero already, and can't waste any more time, as trains are coming up. Must get away.' Just as hey left the leader said, ' Weil, if you see any of Alian Pinkerton's men, teil .hem thoy had better come and find us.' " Speaking of the leader, Bushnell says he was a very tall man, wearing a striped coat, dark pants, and hat, with a handkerchief tied over his face. He had light, straw-colorod hair, and was sunburnt. The other membors of the crew wore, with one exception, all tall men, and had white and red harulkerehiefs over their faces, some with eye holes and some with nose holes. Some were only masked over the mouth and nose, leaving the eyes and forehead exposed. One man wore long gray whiskers. The small man of the party wre no maak, and had short stubby whiskers aucl beard. So far as can be learned, the Adams Express Oompany loses some $4,000, . and the United States Company about $12,000.


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